»TROY – 30 years of Die Fantastischen Vier«↓
»TROY – 30 Years of Die Fantastischen Vier« is the name of a special exhibition hosted at the StadtPalais Stuttgart. And it’s under this banner that the pioneers of German hip hop are returning to their Swabian roots. Developed in close collaboration with the four artists themselves, the resulting exhibition combines a retrospective of Fanta4's work with scenographic installations of select pieces.
The exhibition begins at the exact place where the history of Die Fantastischen Vier itself began: In the childhood bedroom of And.Ypsilon. The first in five dioramas, crafted with help from the artist himself, creates the ultimate Die Fantastischen Vier vibe – the perfect prelude to the chronological and theatrical exhibition still to come.
The centerpiece of the exhibition derives its shape from further four dioramas, room-sized showcases into which one can step – all inspired by famous music videos of the band. Among the four ‚walk-in videos‘ are »Die Da!«, »Mit freundlichen Grüßen«, »Tag am Meer« and »Sie ist weg«. Visitors entering the diorama of »Die da!« will have the chance to dress up in the style of the nineties and can take a seat at the wheel of the Trabbi shown in the very video clip. They enter the showcases like living paintings in a gallery and dive into different immersive worlds. The interactive nature of each diorama naturally makes the visitor part of the artwork whilst creating a totally personalized Fanta 4 experience at the same time.
In stark contrast to the artistic drama inside the dioramas, outside they are deliberately not decorated—staged instead to appear as backdrops. Together with their surrounding exhibition space and exhibits, an interesting dichotomy is created between the museum effect on the outside and the artistic, immersive diorama experience on the inside.